West Dorset's local MP Chris Loder has welcomed the intervention of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Grant Shapps in his campaign for fairness on fuel pricing strategies which have left residents in towns like Bridport having to pay hefty premiums or travel many miles to fill up at up to 20p per litre less at the same retail chain.
The Government Secretary wrote on the 22nd December to fuel retailers urging them to divulge details of their pricing policies to the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) which have left consumers feeling the pinch, and prompting the CMA to investigate.
Chris says: “Since my intervention at Prime Ministers Questions on the 9th November, we have seen progress with the CMA’s investigation which, still ongoing, is highlighting many of the unfair pricing practices we all feared were happening. I am very pleased that, after shining a spotlight on this issue, the Government is acting swiftly in the interests of fairness for the consumer”
Chris also met with Dan Turnbull, director of the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) on the 16th December, urging them to take Bridport’s fuel price situation as a case study for their Markets investigation, which came to light following Mr Loder’s intervention at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Autumn.
The MP continued: “I was very pleased to see the fuel prices at Morrisons Bridport falling to around 148.9 pence per litre in December. While this still remains higher than nearby towns and I will continue working towards fairness for West Dorset”